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Thousands attend Open House

Hikers taking self-guided tour around Searsville Lake at Jasper Ridge

On May 12, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve hosted a community open house for the first time in more than a decade. Visitors were treated to a day of perfect weather and the opportunity to hike around Searsville Lake and along part of San Francisquito Creek, talk with researchers who set up hands-on displays around Sun Field Station and along the trails, listen to poetry and literature readings and guest lectures, enjoy a dance performance, see nature through creating art, and go inside a Mongolian ger.

Vivian Neou explaining plant exhibits inside Sun Field Station

The free, family-friendly event was enjoyed by a capacity crowd—3500 people registered, and by 10:30 a.m. more than a thousand had arrived, with buses continually unloading more into the afternoon. Thanks to all who attended and made it such a successful event, and to the companies that made parking available for accommodating the large attendance. A special thanks to our dedicated staff, docents, volunteers, writers, performers, and researchers whose hard work made the day possible. Additional coverage of the open house and information about the preserve can be found here.

Maria Viteri describing animal bones found in middens